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John Bennet (1714-59)

John Bennet was born at Chinley in Derbishire. He was converted by the Methodist preacher David Taylor in 1742 and entered the itinerancy a year later, travelling entirely in the north. Bennet was responsible for introducing Methodism into several new areas and was held in high regard by the Wesleys. He also pioneered the use of quarterly meetings which subsequently became a characteristic feature of Wesleyan practice.

Bennet left Methodism in 1752 after accusing John Wesley of preaching Roman Catholic doctrine. He later became the pastor of an independent congregation in Cheshire.

Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974), The Works of John Wesley (1982), Volume 26, p.377, edited by Frank Baker and Dictionary of Evangelical Biography 1739-1860, edited by Donald M. Lewis (1995)

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